Leave the World Behind

Jane’s Pick: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Leave the World Behind is a breathtaking book, and by that I mean I feel as if I can’t breathe right now as finish the last page. The author unfolds the narrative in a way that raised my anxiety, but, I swear – that is a…

Blackbird Volume 1

Rebecca’s Pick: Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel Nina Rodriguez is known affectionately to her family as “crazy baby.” Ever since the earthquake and the appearance of that magical beast, she’s believed fiercely in the existence of wizards. Paragons. Cabals. Cirques. Nina has scoured the online forums to discover the secrets of…

The Searcher

Rebecca’s Pick: The Searcher by Tana French Cal Hooper is a retired Chicago detective who, after a divorce from his wife, moved to the countryside of Ireland in search of peace – something he hasn’t experienced in a long time. He purchased a nice plot of land in the rural mountain town of Ardnakelty where…

Solutions and Other Problems

Natasha’s Pick: Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh To say this book is an interesting one, isn’t doing it justice. To say that I only loved this book doesn’t even come close. It toes the lines of being a graphic novel and just being a book with lots of illustrations that it sits there with…

The Evening and the Morning

Bob’s Pick: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett When I started to read this book, I wondered why it was entitled “The Evening and the Morning” and not “The Morning and the Evening”. After reading the book, however, I feel that it could also have easily been called, “The Darkness before the Dawn”….

Fifty Words for Rain

Cori’s Pick: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie In Asha Lemmie’s emotional and twisty debut, Nori Kamiza is a half-Black girl born illegitimately into a noble Japanese family in 1940.  The saga begins with Nori’s mother dropping her at the steps of her grandparents’ Kyoto estate.  From there, we learn that Nori’s dark skin…

Is This Anything?

Bob’s Pick: Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld You are walking down the streets of New York City at night. Depending upon what streets in New York, this can sometimes be a harrowing or terrifying experience.  But hold on, not to worry. You happen to be in Times Square!  The air is electrifying, the crowds…

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Rebecca’s Pick: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram Named after the third Persian King of the Achaemenid Empire – Darius feels anything but Great. As a “Fractional Persian,” Darius is a high school teenager who doesn’t fit in at school or at home because he doesn’t act (or look) exactly like everyone…

Child of Vengeance

Bob’s Pick: Child of Vengeance by David Kirk In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Japan had a feudal society. The society was organized around competing vassal states. Each state was ruled by a daimyo or “lord” who in turn served allegiance to a shogun or “military overlord”. They all in turn owed obeisance…

Writing My Wrongs

Cori’s Pick: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor In a recent internet rabbit hole moment, I ended up on the MIT Idea Lab site in their Director’s Fellows listing. (I truly don’t remember where this internet endeavor started, where it was going, OR how many clicks I must have made to end up there, hundreds?)…